Teacher's PET Fun Run Clears $14,500!
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Friday, November 17, 2017
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The Sixth Annual Teacher’s PET Fun Run, hosted on Saturday, November 11,b y the Public Education Trust (PET), was a huge success, raising $14,500, the majority of which will be returned to teachers through Classroom Impact Grants. Races were offered for pre-kindergarten through middle school students, with an impressive 396 runners! 

Hundreds of parents, grandparents, friends, physical education teachers and other school personnel including Superintendent Trent North, were present throughout the beautiful fall morning. 

Medals were awarded to the Top 10 male and female finishers in each age category. The schools with the most Top 10 medal recipients were Arbor Station Elementary School, followed by Holly Springs Elementary School, and Chapel Hill Middle School. 

PET prides itself for hosting races that welcome experienced as well as beginner runners. Saturday’s race was a first for many runners. 

The runners are encouraged to participate by school system elementary and middle school physical education teachers, many of whom volunteer annually at the Fun Run. 

“PET is grateful to our PE teachers who join us each year,” said race co-chair Lynne T. Cole. “Not only do they volunteer before, during, and after the races, but they offer wonderful encouragement to their students who are racing. The students are thrilled to have their PE teachers cheering them on!” 

“The Fun Run is a volunteer-driven event,” said Ms. Cole. “I’m grateful to my colleagues on the PET Board, the PE teachers who do so much to promote the race and work at it, New Manchester High School administrators for letting PET use their facility, and all the middle and high school student volunteers who make this day a success.” 

MembersFirst Credit Union and Assured Comfort Heating, Air, & Plumbing were overall event sponsors. MembersFirst has been an overall event sponsor for all six Fun Runs. 

“We are grateful to MembersFirst and Assured Comfort, as well as our other sponsors at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels,” said race co-chair Wes Farnan. “Our sponsors alone donated $11,100, plus various types of in-kind support. The remainder of our proceeds are from runner registration fees and concessions.” 

Mr. Farnan’s own company, Southern A & E, and Bank of North Georgia, join MembersFirst as six-year sponsors of the Fun Run. The six Fun Runs together have cleared $58,386.

Special recognition was given throughout the morning to veterans. 

There was also special recognition of the school system’s Road Runners programs that are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. Ms. Cole recognized Road Runners founders and key people who have promoted and supported the program almost its entire existence. The honorees were Kim Eldredge, school system retiree; Kellie Gray, South Douglas Elementary School; Teri George, Eastside Elementary School; J.D. Hughes, Mirror Lake Elementary School; Shannon Postell, Winston Elementary School; Butch Soles, Arbor Station Elementary School; Kelly Wiliams, Chapel Hill High School; and Johnny Buice and the Douglas County Rogue Runners. 

“In the fall of 1992, a young PE teacher named Kelly Williams, at Lithia Springs Elementary School, was looking for a way to inspire running in her students,” said Ms. Cole during the Road Runners recognition. “She (Ms. Williams) started a small after school running program with a few kids and a few like-minded adults. This club grew and quickly the idea spread to other schools in the county.” 

Ms. Cole went on to say, “25 years later and this grass roots effort has become one of the most successful after school clubs in the county and has impacted thousands of students, teaching them that running is a part of a healthy lifestyle that is physically and mentally challenging.” 

For a complete list of Fun Run sponsors, visit PET’s website at www.DouglasPublicEducationTrust.org. Scores of race day pictures are included on PET’s Facebook page, Public Education Trust – Douglas County.